Blunt: 'KC VA had secret wait list too'

On his weekly press call Thursday, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told reporters he was pressing officials at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (KC VAMC) for information that the facility had an "unauthorized" waiting list for our nation's heroes.

Less than three hours later, officials at the KC VAMC admitted to Blunt's staff that the facility did, in fact, have an "unauthorized" list that compromised care for area veterans.

"These so-called 'unauthorized wait lists' for America's heroes are simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated," said Blunt, who serves on the defense appropriations and authorizing committees. "I'm going to do everything I can to ensure this stops immediately. Our veterans should not be forced to wait for care."

Sources tell KSDK that there were 37 veterans on that wait list and that all have been scheduled to see doctors in the next two weeks.

During that press call, Sen. Blunt also said the St. Louis VA may be manipulating its statistics. He referenced a KSDK report from whistleblower, Dr. Jose Mathews. In that report, Dr. Mathews, the former head of psychiatry at the VA claimed doctors were seeing just six patients a day when they should be seeing 14.

The VA denied those claims saying doctors do see 14 patients a shift. But, the very next day, the VA revised its statement saying the range of patients seen is five to 14.

"This kind of manipulation of numbers from the veteran's administration appears to be all too much a part of the process. It needs to end. We need to put veterans first. Not the VA first," said Blunt.

NewsChannel 5 reached out to the KC VAMC for comment but have not heard back.


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